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Party affiliation, not her gender, gives Hillary Clinton an edge

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WASHINGTON -- There are those who believe that women will propel Hillary Clinton to the presidency in November, seizing the opportunity to put the first of their kind in the White House. After all, that's what black voters helped to do for Barack Obama in 2008.

Clinton herself hopes this is true. In declaring victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie ...Read more

Bill Clinton puts a human face on his wife and new Democratic presidential nominee

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PHILADELPHIA -- In 2012, Bill Clinton arguably helped put President Barack Obama on a path to re-election with a convention speech testifying to his stewardship of the nation out of recession, and on a path to economic recovery.

On Tuesday, the former president did away with the wonky-yet-folksy analysis that earned him the moniker "secretary ...Read more

Hillary Clinton addresses convention for first time to close second night

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PHILADELPHIA -- After a rousing speech from her husband and a musical flourish from Alicia Keys, along came the nominee.

Hillary Clinton appeared Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention via video stream, figuratively breaking through a montage of all 44 male presidents.

"I can't believe we just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling...Read more

Suddenly, President Obama says it is 'possible' Donald Trump could win

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PHILADELPHIA -- As President Barack Obama prepares to address the Democratic National Convention, he seems to be putting the party on notice: Donald Trump can win.

"Anything is possible," Obama told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in an interview to air Wednesday. "It is the nature of democracy that until those votes are cast and the American people -- ...Read more

Indiana Republicans pick Holcomb to replace Pence in governor's race

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WASHINGTON -- Indiana Republicans on Tuesday picked Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to replace vice presidential candidate Mike Pence as on the ballot in the governor's race against Democrat John Gregg.

The 22-member Republican State Central Committee voted anonymously to select Holcomb over 5th District Rep. Susan W. Brooks and 4th District Rep. Todd ...Read more

Trump blasts Clinton as dangerous for veterans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Speaking to thousands of veterans here, Donald Trump railed at Hillary Clinton on Tuesday as incompetent and dangerous for the military and the nation's security.

"The other candidate in this race, you know her name -- crooked Hillary Clinton. And believe me, folks, she is crooked," Trump said, and the crowd at the annual ...Read more

Trump isn't as rich or charitable as advertised, Rep. Becerra charges

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PHILADELPHIA -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn't released his tax returns because they will show that he isn't as wealthy or as charitable as he claims to be, House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra said Tuesday.

Becerra, D-Calif., made the assertion at a McClatchy's America breakfast Tuesday at the Democratic National...Read more

Network of Bernie Sanders delegates nears a 'dead end'

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PHILADELPHIA -- A group of delegates backing Bernie Sanders but unaffiliated with the campaign is running out of cards to play at the Democratic National Convention.

They were unable to put forward an alternate idea for a vice presidential candidate, blaming party officials for not providing them with the appropriate forms. The organization, ...Read more

Trump: Democrats 'established ISIS because of weakness'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump repeatedly attacked his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, drawing cries of "Lock her up!" from the audience at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention in Charlotte.

The crowd's reaction was a sharp contrast to Monday when Clinton faced the same group, receiving a ...Read more

Bernie Sanders hasn't grown much fonder of the media

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PHILADELPHIA -- So what did Bernie Sanders make of all the booing on his behalf Monday night?

Give his supporters time, Sanders told reporters at a Bloomberg Politics breakfast Tuesday. Most have never been involved in politics before. They are still working their way through the stages of grief.

"We have beautiful supporters, passionate ...Read more

With Trump leading GOP, Democratic aides like their party's chances

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic congressional aides have never felt more confident about their party's chances in this year's election.

That assessment is based on answers they've provided every month since October, when CQ Roll Call began its Capitol Insiders Survey, which polls staffers by email.

While the nation's Democratic primary voters ...Read more

Q&A: Why global trade is central to Clinton-Trump race

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The differing world views of Hillary Clinton, the globetrotting former U.S. secretary of state, and Donald Trump, who preaches "America First," are on display on the issue of trade. Trump blames trade deals and China's inclusion in the World Trade Organization -- negotiated during the presidency of Clinton's husband -- for the closings of U.S. ...Read more

Convention to test whether Bill Clinton still has magic touch

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PHILADELPHIA -- Selling Barack Obama was easy. Tuesday, Bill Clinton faces a more difficult challenge: selling Hillary Clinton as a future president

Former President Clinton will headline the second night of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday facing a nation with lingering doubts about Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness.

He speaks as...Read more

Trump seizes on Democratic convention discord

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump seized on the public discord between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' supporters on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

As some Sanders loyalists disrupted the early speeches at the Wells Fargo Center, booing nearly every mention of Clinton's name, Trump highlighted the acrimony in ...Read more

Imagine the first husband at the White House

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PHILADELPHIA -- When Bill Clinton walks onto the stage at the Democratic convention on Tuesday -- the night his wife officially wins the Democratic nomination for president -- the couple will rest on the edge of history. Never before has the spouse of a former president become a major party's nominee for the post.

If Hillary Clinton wins the ...Read more

Restive Bernie Sanders backers 'Feel the Bern' in Jill Stein

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PHILADELPHIA -- As she strolled through Philadelphia's FDR Park in the shadow of a towering arena hosting the Democratic National Convention, Rossana Foote explained how she and other Bernie Sanders supporters felt about the election: betrayed.

Outside the Wells Fargo Center, the 52-year-old elementary school teacher from Los Angeles and a ...Read more

Russia said to be leading suspect in breach of DNC computers

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WASHINGTON -- Russia is a leading suspect in a hacking attack on the Democratic National Committee that resulted in the theft of email and internal reports, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the probe who asked to not be identified because the inquiry is continuing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the breach, ...Read more

Draft plan shows DNC staff tried to use Biden to leverage HB2 politics

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic National Committee leaked emails show how staffers tried to use North Carolina's HB2 law to leverage political capital in the state -- including with a possible appearance by Vice President Joe Biden.

HB2 requires transgender people in government facilities to use the restroom that matches the gender on their birth ...Read more

Trump gleeful over Democratic discord

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ROANOKE, Va. -- Donald Trump on Monday gleefully poked at the lack of unity at the Democratic National Convention, and the resignation of party chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the aftermath of an email hacking scandal.

"Debbie Wasserman Schultz, I always knew she was highly overrated. Not good," he told thousands of supporters in a ...Read more

Calif. Senate race: Kamala Harris calls on opponent Loretta Sanchez to apologize to Obama

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PHILADELPHIA -- Kamala Harris on Monday called for Democratic U.S. Senate rival Loretta Sanchez to apologize to President Barack Obama for suggesting he endorsed Harris because they are both black.

"I think she should apologize to the president of the United States," Harris, California's attorney general, said from the Democratic National ...Read more